Giant African Snail 

Florida's Everglades

Introduction to Florida

  • Introduced in the 1960s as a pet
  • It took 10 years and $1 million dollars to eradicate
  • Reintroduced in 2011
  • Tens of thousands are confiscated in airports which means there are many more in the wild

Can grow longer than 7 inches

5-7 year lifespan

Over 500 host plants

Eats stucco and plaster structures

The calcium in plaster and in stucco builds their shells

Carries a parasite that can give humans meningitis 

Local authorities are trying to detect and root snails

1,200 eggs a year

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Public - 5/28/16, 2:37 AM